Author – Alice Castle. Before turning to crime, Alice Castle had a long career as a feature writer on national newspapers including the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Alice grew up in south London and, after a brief stint in Brussels (where her first novel, Hot Chocolate, is set) she is back where she belongs, dreaming up adventures for her heroine, amateur detective and single mum Beth Haldane. Alice is married with two children, two stepchildren and two cats. Find out more about her London Murder Mystery series on her website, www.alicecastleauthor.com
Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 by Crooked Cat books and was #1 in the Amazon Satire/Detective charts in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. The Girl in the Gallery came out in December 2017 and the third in the series, Calamity in Camberwell, was published on 13th August 2018. Revenge on the Rye will following 2019, with more books in the pipeline.
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Publisher – Crooked Cat Books
Pages – 225
The Blurb –
Beth Haldane, SE21’s premier – and only – single mum amateur sleuth, is really pleased to find a new friend at the school gates, in the shape of irrepressible bouncy Nina. As well as a way with words, Nina has a puzzle she wants Beth to solve, centred on the solicitor’s office where Nina works in Herne Hill.
But as the mystery thickens, threatening to drag in not just Nina and her boss,but the yummy mummies of Dulwich, too, Beth is about to find out just how far some people will go to keep up appearances.
Join Beth in this fourth instalment in the London Murder Mystery series for her toughest case yet.
Today is my stop on Homicide in Herne Hill blog tour, many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources
My thoughts – I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series and although there are references to previous cases, this can certainly be read as a standalone.
I loved how Alice describes the hierarchy of playground mum’s, I am sure lots of women reading this book will sympathise with Beth’s feeling of not being in the yummy mummy cliché. I did smile a lot as I read about this group of women who looked far too good to be true, took their children to school in their posh cars, dressed up to the nines and generally thought they were better than ‘normal’ parents.
Its by avoiding these parents that Beth meets Nina, who refreshingly doesn’t care about appearances and doesn’t care about fitting in with the in crowd. Aware of Beth’s past, Nina has a proposition for her. She is sure something is not right at the solicitors firm, where she is a receptionist, and just like that Beth finds herself embroiled in another mystery.
Filling in for Nina as a temp, Beth is determined to find out what the owner Peter Potter is hiding. He is strangely very security conscious and she wonders how he can afford such a luxurious life when he has no customers.
Added to this mystery, lots of local dogs are being poisoned. Who is harming animals and what does this have to do with Peter Potter?
I really enjoyed this book, Beth is a real, down to earth character. Struggling to bring up her son by herself and in the throes of a new relationship with Harry. Her doubts are very endearing, because she is so ‘normal’ she is a very believable character. I will definitely be going back to the beginning of the series and getting to know her more. As a mad cat lady myself, I adore Magpie and you can tell Alice Castle owns cats, as her descriptions of their mannerisms and looks are very realistic!
A great read.
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Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GPGBSC6
This book counts towards my British Book Challenge